CROSS LANES, W.Va. — A Charleston woman was charged with attempted robbery after deputies say she tried to rob a convenience store without a stitch of clothing.
“She had a towel with her, ” said Corporal Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department. “But from what I understand it wasn’t being used to cover her. She was just holding it.”
The incident happened about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. A caller to Kanawha County 911 reported spotting a naked woman walking across the parking lot of the Motel 6 in Cross Lanes. A deputy on the way to answer the call received a call of a panic alarm at the One Stop convenience store next door.
“When he gets there, the clerk reported a robbery and said the suspect was still inside,” Humphreys said. “He goes in and finds her hiding in an electrical closet in the back of the store.”
Drema Setliff, 30, was arrested. Investigators suspected she was drunk or under the influence of drugs and transported her to the hospital before she was taken to jail. Humphreys said it was unclear if any drugs or alcohol were detected in her system.
Setliff allegedly became violent when she entered the store and demanded cash.
“She first asked for the clerk to open the door and told her she wanted the money. She pilfered around for a moment and I’m not even sure she took any money, but then told the clerk she wanted to see the safe,” Humphreys said. “The clerk told her she couldn’t open the safe and then she grabbed the clerk by the head presumably to drag her to the safe.”
The clerk was able to get out of the suspect’s grip and escape the store with the help of a man who came in. Deputies say the man didn’t know Setliff personally, but knew who she was.
Setliff remained in the South Central Regional Jail.